About the Proposed Dog Park
MayDOG proposed that a potential location would be the former landfill on Waltham Street. The former Waltham Street landfill is a 13-acre site owned by the town of Maynard. The landfill was closed in 1985 and capped in 1988. The walkable circumference of the site is approximately half a mile. It is bordered by woods and has a slight elevation covered by tall grasses and wildflowers.
Folks have been talking about the idea of a dog park in Maynard for a number of years. Maynard’s 2004 Open Space and Recreation Plan and the 2007 Community Preservation Plan listed the establishment of a dog park as a goal and also suggested that the landfill be repurposed for recreation (possibly including a dog run).
MayDOG’s vision for a park included fencing a portion of the site in two areas–one for smaller/timid dogs and one for larger dogs. At a minimum, the site would need a fence, a parking area, trash receptacles, and bag stations. Other amenities could include benches, a shade structure/kiosk where donors can be recognized, a water source for people and dogs, and night-time lighting.
In the larger area, the proposal was to also create a walking/cross-country trail around the perimeter and possibly other amenities. The area could be used for cross-country skiing and sledding in the winter. The hope was for the area to become a multi-use, popular destination for dog owners and non-dog owners alike.
Click on the play button below to view a short video showing part of the space.